The BBC have announced that comedian and presenter Frank Skinner will be appearing in series 8 of Doctor Who. Having previously had a cameo in Peter Davison’s The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Skinner is well know as a fan of the show. He is best known as one of Britain’s finest stand ups and the presenter of Room 101. Skinner will feature in an episode written by Jamie Mathieson that is currently in production.
I love this show. I subscribe to Dr Who magazine, I’ve got a TARDIS ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites. I am beyond excited.
I was a stand up for a living for quite a few years. When I was trying to figure out how to do it in 1996, his first two stand up videos were part of my boot camp, so there is a nice synchronicity for me to be writing lines for him to deliver nearly twenty years later.
It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He’s been volunteering to be ‘third monster on the left’ as long as I’ve been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson’s sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank’s famous wit and charm. Hopefully he’ll get out of my garden now.
The episode, directed by Paul Wilmshurst, will also feature two actors who have previously appeared in Doctor Who. Janet Henfrey, who played Mrs Hardaker in The Curse of Fenric (1989); and Christopher Villiers, who starred as Hugh in The King’s Demons (1983). It has also been announced that David Bamber (Rome, What Remains) and Daisy Beaumont (The Armstrong and Miller Show, A Touch of Cloth) will appear in the episode.